What Light?

Who mans the lighthouse, now,
who keeps ships from
dangerous shores –
Who mans the lighthouse, now,
ignorant negligents
or schemers, all?
What profits them –
the pockets of sailors washed ashore?
what plunder could be worthy
waterlogged by such seas?
Why let such wretched beasts
work the beacons,
who would kill so many
to gain so little,
to gain at all?

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